On this occasion, we test the HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD, exploring its specifications in detail and subjecting it to various tests to evaluate its performance. HIKSEMI It joins the competitive market saturated by several prominent brands. In addition, we will analyze its position in terms of prices in the current SSD market. In recent months, we have observed a downward trend, but in recent weeks there has been a price increase that could continue in the coming months. It should be noted that the HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD used in our tests was provided by HIKSEMI Peru, no possibility of return.
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HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD – Specifications
El Hiksemi FUTURE 1TB SSD, Released in July 2023, it stands out as a high-performance solid-state drive. Available in capacities ranging from 512 GB but also 4 TB, this device uses the interface PCIe Gene 4.0 x4 and NVMe technology to deliver data transfer speeds faster than conventional SSDs. With a maximum sequential reading speed of 7450 MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 6600 MB/s, the Hiksemi FUTURE 1TB SSD is designed for efficient data processing.
In addition to its performance, the drive stands out for its endurance, with a rating of up to 1800 TBW (terabytes written). In terms of energy efficiency, it focuses on lower energy consumption and has a graphene heatsink installed to transfer the heat generated more quickly.
The approximate price at the time of the review of the unit 1TB is US$75 American dollars at the time of this review. The unit has 5 years warranty by the brand and/or 1800 TBW (a fairly high figure, this is good).
Parts used in HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD
El HIKSEMI Future 1TB SSD use a design DRAMless and leverages part of its performance to technology HMB and the performance it gives SLC. The parts used for the HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB do not bring big surprises, since it is a design that has been used by several brands and has given good results. The controller we found (although it doesn't look so good in the photo) is the MAXIO MAP 1602A (Falcon Lite) and memories NAND3D They are from the Chinese company YTMC (YMC6G004Tb74CA1C0).
Controller: MAXIO MAP1602
3D TLC: YMTC YMC6G004Tb74CA1C0
Unboxing and images - HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD
Press “eFe” due to the graphene heatsink, which had to be removed to verify the parts that come with the SSD. At least I can confirm that it is indeed a graphene heatsink.
Benchmarks - Storage
Contrary to popular belief, most storage benchmarks are mostly synthetic and do not accurately reflect performance in real-world usage situations, due to variability in individual user usage patterns.
Does not exist a single test that can replicate actual usage in a comprehensive manner; however, these benchmarks are used to provide a reference to the potential performance of the product during testing.
Out of all the tests, PCMark 10 (Storage Benchmark) is considered the most representative, on which we will base our evaluation of the actual performance of a storage device for daily use, although it does not cover all possible scenarios.
For the average gaming-focused user, this test best simulates everyday use.
We have incorporated and updated several benchmarks in our SSD test suite, including the load time of the demo of FFXIV and the latest version of CDM 8, among others.
Below is the list of benchmarks that we will use:
-ATTO Disk Benchmark
-AS SSD Benchmark
-Anvil Storage Utilities
-Black Magic Disk Tester
-FFXIV Demo- Loading Time
-PCMark10 (Storage Benchmark)
-3DMark Storage Benchmark
Benchmark (for storage reviews)
CPU: Intel Core i9-13900K (Power Limiters Disabled) (https://amzn.to/3X53WQS)
Board: Z790 AORUS ELITE AX (BIOS F9) (https://amzn.to/3ClPWde)
RAM: G.Skill Flare X5 Series (AMD Expo) 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5 6000 CL36-36-96 (https://amzn.to/3Z8g45y)
T.video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition (Link: https://amzn.to/3Pe4Vx6)
Operating system: Windows 11 Home Edition 22H2 – VBS OFF
Liquid refrigeration: Lian Li Galahad 360 (https://amzn.to/3jMvNXO)
SSD: Addlink S70 1TB + TeamGroup MP34 4TB SSD (https://amzn.to/3PuIAvX)
SSD test: HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD
Driver: NVIDIA Driver
Power supply: Seasonic Prime Gold 1300W (https://amzn.to/3Qd102w)
CrystalDisk Mark 8
CrystalDiskMark has undergone a major update and we are currently on version 8 of this tool. As is customary with every new iteration of CrystalDiskMark, making comparisons with previous versions might be inappropriate in most cases. In CrystalDiskMark version 8, in addition to the standardized tests, new test profiles have been added specifically for NVMe solid-state drives. Precisely, we are using one of these profiles to carry out our benchmark tests on this occasion.
ACT Disk Benchmark
AS SSD benchmark
Anvil Storage Utilities
Black Magic Disk Tester
FFXIV Demo - Loading Time
PCMark10 (Storage Benchmark)
PCMark10 it is the closest test to what an average user can do in real life. PCMark 10 Full Storage has several traces of different types of usage, such as OS loads, Adobe loads, games, file copying, and more. We will be looking at each of these results in more detail.
It also offers a final score, bandwidth (MB/s) y latency (µs). This quiz takes about an hour and I will do three strokes per activity (23 categories, 69 quizzes total).
3DMark Storage Benchmark
The stress test we use to measure temperatures is a torture test using CrystalDisk Mark 8 for an extended period of time. We then take the highest temperature during the test and check the ambient temperature as well.
HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB (MAP1602-F1C)
|(Maximum temperature) Degrees Celsius
|With motherboard M.2 heatsink
52 (I assume it's the controller)
Final analysis – One of the best price/performance SSDs in its segment
El HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD It exceeded our expectations by demonstrating excellent performance in several tests, something we already anticipated due to its technical specifications. DRAM-less controllers have seen significant advancements, and while they don't achieve the same performance as a cached design, they provide fairly solid performance, especially when considering the price of the product.
We recently reviewed a similar SSD from the brand APPEAR, which, despite having a slightly lower theoretical cost ($8 less), presents a crucial difference over NAND Flash chips. They both share the same controller, but the FUTURE SSD stands out for its chips 232 layers, offering superior performance.
This difference in memory chips manifests itself in performance measurements, reaching speeds of up to 7000 MB / s in certain tests, which clarifies the divergence in performance between both units. In the market, there are options with a price close to that of the HIKSEMI FUTURE, such as the KC3000, which costs slightly more (between $6 and $8 more), although it has a lower total write resistance (TBW). We are intrigued by the idea of evaluating this product from a direct competitor, especially since the brand is already established in the market thanks to its track record.
Despite being a new player in this segment, HIKSEMI offers a solid guarantee of 1800 TBW o 5 years. However, gaining the public's trust will take time. The good news is that the product proves its worth by using components that other brands rely on in their SSDs, and it has local representation.
It is crucial to inform end users that no brand covers data loss under warranty. Therefore, it is recommended to make backup copies of important information. What the brand does cover is providing a new unit at no cost and/or a credit note corresponding to the depreciation of the product if the warranty is effective.
I don't have many criticisms of the product, although I would like to point out to HIKSEMI's marketing team that the drive we evaluated did not reach the advertised 7400 MB/s speeds. Personally, we do not consider this as something negative, since we find the performance offered quite satisfactory. However, when reviewing the results of other portals, I observed that in some cases the advertised speeds were achieved. The performance disparity could be firmware related, so upgrading ad information to read speeds of 7000 MB/s could be beneficial.
The only suggestion for the future would be to consider integrating software with a user-friendly interface into the SSD division, allowing users to check online if there are upgrades and/or firmware updates available for their products.
The impact of this brand entering the market remains to be seen, and we hope that over time, hopefully, there will be some additional protection to the product. With a price of $ 75 USD en Peru, el HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD It is undoubtedly positioned as one of the best in terms of price/performance ratio. With a robust warranty, we are eager to explore other models that HIKSEMI offers, especially those with an even more attractive price ticket, in a market where supremacy has been maintained by the NV2.
Final Score – HIKSEMI Future 1TB SSD
I have tried the HIKSEMI FUTURE 1TB SSD, a solid state drive PCIe 4.0 y NVMe. Its read and write speeds are impressive, surpassing those of other SSDs on the market within its segment. It also highlights its durability and graphene heat sink. It is an excellent option for gamers looking for maximum performance at low cost.
-Good performance despite not having a cache design (DRAMless).
-Comes with graphene heatsink included.
-5 year warranty and high TBW (1800 TBW).
-Quite competitive price.
-It does not have the brand's own software.